April 16, 2018

Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia | Mini Review

Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia | Mini ReviewDreaming in Cuban on February 10, 1993
Pages: 245
Format: Paperback

Here is the dreamy and bittersweet story of a family divided by politics and geography by the Cuban revolution. It is the family story of Celia del Pino, and her husband, daughter and grandchildren, from the mid-1930s to 1980. Celia's story mirrors the magical realism of Cuba itself, a country of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption. DREAMING IN CUBAN presents a unique vision and a haunting lamentation for a past that might have been.

This was another book that I had to read for my English class last fall. I found it to be interesting, yet at times it was rather boring and I found it hard to keep interested in what I was reading. However, I think the most interesting aspect of the novel was that it was magical realism, which I hadn’t read before. It was nice to get a peak into a genre that I wasn’t very familiar with before, and it’s opened my eyes to a bunch of new books that I definitely wouldn’t have picked up otherwise.

Another great thing about this book was the multiple point of views from everyone in the family. It tells the story through a few generations, which was really interesting. I felt like I was really invested in the family and all that they were about.

If you’re looking for a quick, magical realism novel about Cuba and families, then I’d suggest giving this one a read.

  1. The book sounds like an interesting premise, sad to hear that you didn't love it. Lovely review 🙂

  2. Laura W says:

    I'm kind of torn about this. I'm on a mission to read books from as many different perspectives as I can (and that includes countries) but magic realism always seems to rub me the wrong way. The multigenerational thing sounds really cool, though! I'm reading a book like that right now (Hanna's Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson) and I'm really enjoying it. I don't know! Maybe it's something to stew on for a little while 🙂 Lovely review, Krystianna!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  3. Hmm it is interesting when you have to read things for education and it isn't your usual cup of tea. I kind of have a love hate relationship with magical realism and if that was the best aspect of the novel, I don't think I will read it just in case I don't like it and then there is nothing at all for me to like left xD

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